United Way of Chattanooga

Register Now for TVI on Aug. 26
July 26th, 2016 10:14 AM

Tennessee Valley Institute for Nonprofit Excellence NON•CON 2016

August 26, 2016

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Innovation District, The Edney Building, Chattanooga, TN

This year, the Tennessee Valley Institute for Nonprofit Excellence (TVI) is going to be different. Yes, you heard that right!

How: This year TVI will be a NON•CON.

"What is that?" you may ask. It is an Uncommon Nonprofit Conference, aka a Hybrid Unconference. Interested yet? 

What is the essential question?

How can nonprofits ride the wave of entrepreneurship and innovation that already exists in Chattanooga?

Our keynote speaker, sponsored by the Southeast TN Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is Matt Kouri. Matt is a social entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Capital in Austin,Texas, where he leads the organization’s efforts to solve big community problems and strengthen nonprofit organizations. His expertise includes social innovation and enterprise, nonprofit mergers, board governance, strategic business planning, and leadership development.

What else is it?

Don't worry! It will feel familar with a keynote and breakout sessions, but they will be different. The keynote speech will be shorter and more interactive. The breakout sessions will be introduced by the presenters through a series of five minute "Ignite" presentations. You choose the Ignitesession you want to attend. Highly interactive, these sessions will be spark conversations that you will explore more in-depth during the afternoon breakouts. 

Group rates make this conference affordable so your whole team can attend and learn, and limited scholarships will be available for CNP members.  For more information on group rates and scholarships, please contact Cathy Mendez at cathymendez@cnpchatt.org.

REGISTER NOW at http://bit.ly/29gpi7j

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Deadline for Free Help Aug. 5
July 22nd, 2016 12:15 PM

Nonprofits can get needed help on Day of Caring

If you represent a nonprofit organization, please consider submitting a project proposal by August 5 for the United Way Volunteer Center’s 27th Annual Day of Caring.

On Thursday, September 8, hundreds of volunteers from local businesses and communities will partner with United Way’ Volunteer Center and other area nonprofit organizations to serve our local neighborhoods through work on community-based projects.

But the Volunteer Center needs your help to find unique and meaningful volunteer projects where willing volunteers can serve and make the most impact in one day.

Your nonprofit (501c3) organization is invited to submit your project needs to United Way’s Volunteer Center. More than one project proposal can be submitted (and may be accepted) but each request must be submitted separately.  Go to www.UnitedWayCHA.org to fill out a proposal online or to download a proposal form.

The deadline for submission is Friday, August 5. All project proposal information and forms can be found online at www.UnitedWayCHA.org or by calling 423-752-0316.

Last year (2015), approximately 500 community volunteers across our region worked diligently to complete more than 45 projects at 39 nonprofit agencies, schools and recreation centers in roughly six to eight hours.  These projects included working at local national parks, painting and landscaping at community nonprofits, sorting and performing inventories of local food pantries, and even refurbishing summer camps and emergency housing.  

Agencies with selected projects must agree to a few ground rules:

  • Your agency must provide proper tools & materials for projects
  • The project should be able to be completed in one day
  • The project must have an agency representative assigned to supervise and work with volunteers
  • The project must not involve hazardous materials
  • The project should benefit the community as a whole
  • Your agency agrees to provide lunch, drinks and snacks for the volunteers.

The Volunteer Center draws its volunteers from area corporations and organizations that submit teams to work on the projects of their choice, but individual volunteers are also recruited for these activities. You can get more information and volunteer yourself, your coworkers or your fellow church members by calling Anna Baker with United Way’s Volunteer Center at 423-752-0316. You can also get more information about submitting a proposal by emailing her at annabaker@uwchatt.org.

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Live United Day Aug. 14
July 10th, 2016 8:46 AM

Live United Day is a day-long celebration of all things United Way at the Chattanooga Market. Held the third Sunday every August, this is a great, kid-friendly event for the entire family.

A community-wide collection for Stuff the Bus will also be held at the Market on August 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year $50,000 in school supplies were collected at the market. This year's goal is $60,000. 

United Way partner programs will have booths set up throughout the Market with children's games, arts, crafts and healthy activities for children and their families to enjoy. 

Parents can also sign their toddlers up for free books and learning check-ups. Every child - under the age of five - who completes a learning check-up at the market that day will receive, by mail, a voucher for one free adult pass and one free child pass to the Creative Discovery Museum. 

A few of the featured activities at the Market on August 14 will include:

  • The Bookmark Fairy
  • Facepainting
  • Free Learning Check-ups
  • Games and more...

United Way will also have LIVE UNITED t-shirts on sale, and all proceeds go to benefit United Way and the impact work of its partner agencies. 

Of course, visitors can also enjoy Chattanooga Market's great vendors with food, produce and hand-made artesian goods.

Call United Way at 423-752-0300 for more information about Live United Day or Stuff the Bus.

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